Recovering Schilling set to return to ESPN

Fighting cancer, former righty ace to resume his role on 'Baseball Tonight'

Recovering Schilling set to return to ESPN

Curt Schilling is returning to the airwaves. Schilling, who has been off the air due to his recent battle with cancer, will return to ESPN and resume his analyst role starting with Thursday's edition of "Baseball Tonight." Schilling will discuss his bout with cancer in an interview with ESPN's Karl Ravech on Tuesday's edition of "SportsCenter."

Schilling was originally diagnosed with cancer in February and subsequently stepped away from his broadcast duties. He revealed in August that he had been treated for mouth cancer, and he has said that he believes it was due to his use of chewing tobacco.

Schilling, a six-time All-Star and the Most Valuable Player of the 2001 World Series, is best known for his postseason performances with the Phillies, D-backs and Red Sox. Schilling went 216-146 in the regular season, and he boasted an 11-2 career record with a 2.23 ERA in 19 postseason starts.

A three-time World Series champion, Schilling retired after the 2007 campaign and began his broadcast career with ESPN in 2010. He was added to the "Sunday Night Baseball" booth last winter, and ESPN has said he will join that program as soon as he is comfortable doing it.

"We are ecstatic to have Curt's passionate and insightful commentary back on our baseball coverage," said Phil Orlins, ESPN's senior coordinating producer, in an official press release on Tuesday. "But most importantly, we are all thrilled to see Curt healthy and strong again."

Spencer Fordin is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.